A Raw Update on What’s Been Going On

In my early teenage years, I had a personal, everyday encounter with what it meant to be a hypocrite.  Someone close to me hurt me continually, verbally and emotionally, when I was with her, but then when out with her friends would be all syrupy sweet.  It sickened me, and I resolved to be honest and genuine myself.  I know it’s always easier to see someone else’s flaws over your own, so I make it a point to work on in myself whatever bothers me about others.  I believe it was Gandhi that had the same idea: “Be the change you want to see in the world.”

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Road Trippin’

I love road trips, particularly ones where I don’t have to drive, because it gives me time to look out the window and daydream.  I love imagining what the landscape would have looked like before it was settled by humans, back when the animals would run wild and the plants grew wherever they wanted to.  I love imagining the wild freedom the land had before civilization took over.  I love admiring God’s creation and the marvelous job He did.  It fascinates me how some places are as flat as flat can be, while others are full of hills and mountains and the road curves around steep drop-offs and goes over rivers and streams.  I love watching as the sun rises and the fog lifts over the landscape.  I love the quaint country roads and the magnificent structure of bridges and highways.  I love following wherever the road leads, whether it’s planned or unexpected. Continue reading “Road Trippin’”

Running the Race

Hebrews 12:1-3 NLT

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up.  And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.  We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith.  Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame.  Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne.  Think of all the hostility he endured from sinful people; then you won’t become weary and give up.”

I want to live out this verse.  So many times, God will tell me to do something, and I’ll step up and do it, no matter how hard it is, if I know I have clearly heard from God, I’ll do what He says.  The thing is, as soon as its done, I’m like “Whew, that was terribly hard; I can’t believe I did that–that was all God’s strength.  There’s no way I could have done that on my own.” etc etc and I’ll spend so much time looking back at what God’s done and what He has said that I am not looking ahead to the next thing.  I stop and pant and “catch my breath” spiritually, forgetting that it is His breath in my lungs, His joy as my strength, and His blood my heart is beating.

I want to set aside every weight holding me down, especially sin that trips me up.  I want to forget the former things and see the new things God is ready for me to do.  I don’t want to jog along spiritually–I want to RUN.  And if you want the same, let me remind you as I remind myself that it is not our strength that upholds us, our actions that save us.  It is His breath in our lungs as we run, and we can only run if our eyes are set forward on Jesus, our end goal.  He is our example, our aim.  May we set our minds and hearts on Him and all He endured, and may we receive and run in the strength that He has given us.  May we disregard our shame and embrace the identity and cleansing that Christ died for us to have!  May we boldly approach the throne of grace, for we are more than conquerors because of Him who loves us.